Archive for May 3rd, 2010

iePolitics: Can justice be found in San Bernardino County? – Part 1

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May 3rd, 2010 at 6:34 am

Good lawyers know the law; great lawyers know the judge.  — Author Unknown

Justice is defined as “the upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards or law.”   In other words, in a county run by scoundrels, justice is hard to find.

In part one of this series we are going to examine the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Michael Ramos, and the relationships the office and its elected leader enjoys with the county’s criminal justice system.

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10:13 PM PDT on Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

At least five principals will be replaced and six schools will be converted to charter status in the wake of a state report ranking 11 San Bernardino schools among the state’s lowest-performing 5 percent.

Two of the principals — Karen Craig of Arroyo Valley High School and Sandy Robbins of San Gorgonio High — already planned to retire, San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent Arturo Delgado said by phone.

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SBSun: Assemblyman pushes bill to add grand jury

Cook says legislation would fight corruption
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/02/2010 09:32:02 PM PDT

Assemblyman Paul Cook ramped up efforts Friday to inform the public, and clear up any misconceptions, about his bill that would allow San Bernardino County to impanel an additional grand jury to investigate local government.

In addition to allowing an additional grand jury, Cook’s AB 1906 would also allow the presiding judge to extend the term of the grand jury longer than a year, if necessary, to complete an investigation.

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SBSun: SB police association unveils its own website

Stacia Glenn, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/02/2010 05:05:37 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A new website rolled out today by the San Bernardino Police Officers Association is meant to showcase the union’s community involvement and historical roots.

The site – – offers profiles on the department’s original nine officers and background on how the POA formed in 1953 but will soon feature a newsletter with safety bulletins and notices about community events.

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SBSun: Measure O targets Wal-Mart

Plan would rein in ‘mega-retail’ in Redlands
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/02/2010 02:55:49 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Measure O proponents say it could help protect Redlands’ small businesses. But opponents say the businesses have nothing to fear from a Wal-Mart expansion.

Measure O will appear on the June 8 ballot. If passed, the legislation would derail plans to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter in north Redlands. It would also limit how “mega-retail” stores could build in the city.

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SBSun: San Bernardino County pot law in limbo

Medical marijuana backers claim officials are stalling
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/02/2010 07:02:40 AM PDT

Medical marijuana advocates say they are frustrated with what they see as San Bernardino County’s refusal to pass a law defining how cannabis providers should operate.

“They’re making up their own rules as they go,” said Abel Chapa, a self-described volunteer for San Bernardino Patients Association, a Chino-area collective that sheriff’s deputies raided in late March.

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The GOP rivals trade attacks over Arizona’s new law, as well as each other’s business dealings and consistency on policy issues.
Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner

By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times

May 2, 2010 | 10:38 p.m.

Reporting from San Jose

Debating for the final time before next month’s primary election, GOP gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner on Sunday engaged in a lively and personal joust, attacking each other’s business dealings, political affiliations and consistency on policy issues.

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SFChronicle: Poizner, Whitman trade blows in GOP debate

Joe Garofoli,Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers

Monday, May 3, 2010

(05-02) 21:18 PDT San Jose — After weeks of being attacked for her extensive links to Goldman Sachs, billionaire GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman insisted Sunday she “did not do anything wrong” as eBay CEO when she was involved in “spinning” stocks offered to her by the investment firm.

“I did not actually see a conflict of interest here,” Whitman said during her hour-long televised debate with state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

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Calbuzz: Poiz Rips eMeg on Goldman but No Game Changer

May 2, 2010

Five minutes into the GOP governor’s debate, Steve Poizner ripped into Meg Whitman on her ties to Goldman Sachs – charging that “a lot of people got damaged by Goldman Sachs and Meg Whitman’s right in the middle of it.”

“Meg Whitman has massive investments in Goldman Sachs, made huge amounts of money from the collapse of the housing market, and then, when it was time for Goldman Sachs to get bailed out by taxpayers, Meg Whitman actively campaigned for a taxpayer funded (bailout). The question is, did she let people know?”

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DesertSun: Pougnet camp hits rival over Goldman

Rep. Mary Bono Mack

Erica Felci • The Desert Sun • May 3, 2010

Goldman Sachs’ executives faced tough questions on Capitol Hill last week, and it didn’t take long for the Democrats to bring the issue home.

The campaign for Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, the lone Democrat challenging Rep. Mary Bono Mack in this year’s election, called on the Republican incumbent to return a $2,000 donation she got from the Wall Street firm’s managing director last October.

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